Teaser Tuesday (Mar. 7)

Teaser-Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Ambrosia at her blog, The Purple Booker.

Here’s what you do for Teaser Tuesday:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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“One thing you learn very early in parenthood is that the health and education systems are a sort of vast and complicated game: if your kid ever needs special help, you have to learn the rules and exploit them.  You fight for everything, every test, every consultation, every specialist-you learn the correct terms, you research all the forms and statements and processes you need, and anything you can’t get through the system, you pay for it if you can.  Nothing comes to those who wait.”

– pg 145 “A Boy Made if Blocks” by Keith Stuart

A Boy Made of Blocks is a fiction novel that is based on a true story.  Sam has autism and it is the story of his family navigating through life with Sam.  I have a son who when he was younger needed a lot of special needs services.  Now that he is 17 and we navigated our way through the special needs school system, he currently needs very little of these services. But, I will say that this quote very accurately describes what it’s like to go through the school system with a child with special needs.  If you don’t educate yourself on the system and your rights and then speak up/advocate for your child, they often don’t get what they need.  The only part I don’t agree with is exploiting the rules.  If you just research and know what the rules are, working within the rules, in my experience, is enough to get your child what they need.

That is my teaser for this Tuesday.  If you posted a Teaser Tuesday, feel free to post the link here.  I’d love to get a taste of what you are reading. There’s always room on Mt. TBR for just one (…or two…or three…) more books, right?

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February Wrap Up

February was a great reading month for me! If I don’t participate in any read-thons, I average about 4 books per month.  In February, I read 6 books!  🙂

Here’s what I read in February:


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While I enjoyed this book, I didn’t have enough to say about it for a full review.  It was a great, quick contemporary read especially for book lovers.  I loved that Jenny Colgan decided to dedicate this book to book lovers and then write a humerous dedication to many types of readers.  It set the stage for a very fun read filled with the love of libraries and books.

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I enjoyed that this book felt like Lorelei Gilmore was talking directly to it’s readers.  I really liked some parts of this book, particularly the beginning and the end, but I found some of the middle of the book to be less interesting and entertaining.  As a fan of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, this was a must read and overall I liked the book.

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Leah Remini shares her life in Hollywood as well as her struggles with growing up in Scientology.  This was an interesting read and I found her to be very brave to share such experiences.

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Although I did not participate in any read-a-thons in February, I did participate in the Love-A-Thon this month.  I had a blast spreading bookish love and meeting more readers across many social media outlets.

 This years hosts of the Love-a-thon were Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cece of The Novel Hermit, Kristin of Super Space Chick and Mel of The Daily Prophecy.

 Here’s my Love-A-Thon blog posts from February:

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Love-A-Thon! ❤ 🙂  In the meantime, remembering to spread the love to the bookish community throughout the year is what I took with me from this year’s Love-A-Thon.

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Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Standing happy and slightly drunk in my kitchen, I’m unaware that tonight is the end of all this. The end of everything I know, everything I love.

No one tells you it’s all about to change, to be taken away. There’s no proximity alert, no indication that you’re standing on the precipice. And maybe that’s what makes tragedy so tragic. Not just what happens, but how it happens: a sucker punch that comes at you out of nowhere, when you’re least expecting it. No time to flinch or brace.”

– pg 1 “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch

What if you were abducted and you wake up to find everything you know about your life suddenly no longer exsists? no wife? no child? no longer a science professor at the local college? That’s what happens to Jason Dessen in Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. That is all the reader needs to know before going into this amazing thriller! It is best to go into Dark Matter as blind as possible and let Crouch take you on an incredible mind blowing ride.

There is some science to this story in a few small places. Some of that did go over my head, but I was easily able to grasp enough of it to understand all that was needed. It is such a small part of the book that I wouldn’t let that deter you from picking up this amazing book!

I loved the writing style and pacing of this book. Blake Crouch tells most of the story in very short paragraphs, most are only one sentence long. Surprisingly, for this story it works very well and keeps the reader reading at a very thrilling pace.

I really enjoyed the underlying themes in this book. I loved the exploration of family versuses career. I think that it’s something many of us think about and at times struggle to find balance in. I liked where Blake Crouch takes Jason and Daniela regarding family versuses career.

I also loved how Blake Crouch writes Jason and Daniela’s relationship. I love the underlying themes of love, loyalty and family that are explored through the characters of Jason and Daniela within the pages of Dark Matter. Is the grass always greener on the other side? Crouch explores this in a very interesting way throughout this book.

Although Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is most definitely an amazing, mind bending, action packed thriller, Crouch also explores love, life, family and career in this book. I throughly enjoyed not just the thriller aspects of this book, but how Blake Crouch masterfully weaves so much exploration of family throughout the book too. I highly recommend this book! It will take you on such a wild ride! By the time you are done, it will have challenged you to think about what is most important in life and how far you are willing to go to protect it.

Bookish Goals for 2017

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  1. Most of all, I would like to enjoy reading.  In 2016, I had quite a few big books that I wanted to read but I didn’t read many of them.  As I look back and reflect, I think that is because I put too big of an emphasis on the number of books I read and meeting my Goodreads Reading Goal.  I tend to be a slower reader so big books can take over a week for me to read. I will still be setting a Goodreads Reading Goal for 2017 and I will be increasing it just a little bit from 2016.  However, if I don’t meet the goal or find later in the year that I have to lower my goal, I’m okay with that.  Enjoying the books that I read will be my most important goal of 2017. 🙂
  2. I would like to read at least 3 re-reads.  With such a huge and ever increasing Mt.TBR, I do not often re-read books.  This year I’ve really thought about the benefits of re-reading so in 2017 I plan to try some more re-reads.
  3.  I would like to read at least classics/modern classics.  In 2016, I started to read a few classics and modern classics and I would like to continue this in 2017.
  4.  I would like to read at least Tomes (books with 500 or more pages).  As I mentioned in goal #1, I have a lot of Tomes sitting on my shelves.  I’m interested in them and I would really like to focus on picking a few of them up in 2017.
  5. My Goodreads Goal this year will be to read 45 books.

Sweeter Reads Goals

I am a member of a Goodreads Group called Sweeter Reads.  Every year, we read books of the month and have yearly challenges.  Here are my goals for 2017 in Sweeter Reads Bookclub.

  1. Atleast 1 Book of the Month.  Each month we vote on a list of books and the top 3 books plus a book from the member of the month make up our group books of the month.  I plan to choose at least one of these books to read every month.
  2. One of my favorite activities that we do is our quarterly Recommendation Swap.  Members sign up and are paired with another member to swap a book recommendation (or two…or three…) and then you have 3 months to read the recommended book.
  3. TBR Jar Challenge  I plan to read at least 1 book from my TBR jar each month. 5B7AA1BD-3CD8-4498-8EAF-C6535571992E.JPG

Here’s my 2017 TBR Jar that my lovely husband bought for me.  I can’t wait to see what book I pull out for January!

4. Oh the Places You’ll Go Alphabet Location Challenge I will be hosting this challenge for the group this year.  It’s a challenge where you track the places you go through books, fantasy or realistic places, and try to find one for each letter in the alphabet.

5.Popsugar Challenge I loosely challenge myself with this challenge.  I choose the books I want to read and see how many I can work into this challenge throughout the year.

This challenge is created by Popsugar.

Here’s the challenge if you are interested in joining in…

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

1. Recommended by a Librarian:
2. Been on Your TBR List Way Too Long:
3. Book of Letters:
4. Audiobook:
5. Book by a Person of Color:
6.One of the Four Seasons in the Title:
7. Book That is a Story Within a Story:
8. Book With Multiple Authors:
9. Espionage Thriller:
10. Cat on the Cover:
11. By an Author Who Uses a Pseudonym:
12. Bestseller From a Genre You Don’t Normally Read:
13. By or About a Person Who Has a Disability:
14. Book Involving Travel:
15. Book With A Subtitle:
16. Published in 2017:
17. Book Involving a Mythical Creature:
18. Book You’ve Read Before That Never Fails to Make You Smile:
19. Book About Food:
20. Book With Career Advice:
21. Book From a Nonhuman Perspective:
22. Steampunk Novel:
23. Book With a Red Spine:
24. Book Set in the Wilderness:
25. Book You Loved as a Child:
26. By an Author From a Country You’ve Never Visited:
27. Title That’s a Character’s Name:
28. Novel Set During Wartime:
29. Book With an Unreliable Narrator:
30. Book With Pictures:
31. Book with Main Character Who is a Different Ethnicity From You:
32. Book About an Interesting Woman:
33. Book Set in Two Different Time Periods:
34. Month or Day of the Week in the Title:
35. Set in a Hotel:
36. Written By Someone You Admire:
37. Book Becoming a Movie in 2017:
38. Book Set Around a Holiday Other Than Christmas:
39. 1st Book in a Series You Haven’t Read Before:
40. A Book You Bought on a Trip:

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41. Book Recommended by an Author You Love:
42. Bestseller From 2016:
43. Family Member Term in the Title:
44. Takes Place Over a Character’s Life Span:
45. About an Immigrant or Refugee:
46. From a Genre/Subgenre You’ve Never Heard of:
47. Book With an Eccentric Character:
48. Book That’s More Than 800 Pages:
49. Book Yo Got From a Used Book Sale:
50. Book That’s Mentioned in Another Book:
51. Book About a Difficult Topic:
52. Book Based on Mythology:

6. Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Again, for this challenge I will just see how many books I read fit into the challenge.  For me, it’s really not about completing the challenge each year.
This challenge is created by the Goodreads Group Around the Year in 52 books.
Here’s the challenge if you are interested in joining in…

Around the Year in 52 Books 2017

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
3. A book you meant to read in 2016
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E”
5. A historical fiction
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
8. A book written by a person of color
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
10. A dual-timeline novel
11. A category from another challenge
12. A book based on a myth
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
16. A mystery
17. A book with illustrations
18. A really long book (600+ pages)
19. A New York Times best-seller
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book
27. A book by one of your favorite authors
28. A non-fiction
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
37. A book you choose randomly
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
39. An epistolary fiction
40. A book published in 2017
41. A book with an unreliable narrator
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link)
45. A book with a one-word title
46. A time travel novel
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – any edition
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
52. A book set in a fictional location

What are your reading goals for 2017?  I’d love to know!  Feel free to post a link to your reading goals blog posts.  

7th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2016 edition!!

Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has created a wondeful year end survey.  Although this is the 7th annual edition, as a new book blogger this will be my first time answering these questions.

So, here we go!

Number Of Books You Read:47
Number of Re-Reads:1 (I hope to add more re-reads into my 2017 reading)
Genre You Read The Most From: YA…

When I went through my Goodreads history for 2016, I was shocked to see so many YA books that I read in 2016.  Before this year, I wasn’t much of a YA reader as I’m not a teen or even a young adult and thought this genre wasn’t for me before this past year.  Although, I have enjoyed many of the YA books I’ve read, I think 2017 will contain more adult books.  That’s not to say that I won’t read any YA, just not as many YA books.

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

 

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2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

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 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best Series starter:  

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Best Sequel: 

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Best Series Ender: I’m going to loosely interpret this one and use a duology I completed.  I only completed one series this year and I didn’t enjoy the ending to that series at all.

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 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Rosamunde Pilcher

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7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

 

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11. Most memorable character of 2016?

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 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

Way to hard to choose just one….

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 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

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 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“The Nolans just couldn’t get enough of life. They lived their own lives up to the hilt but that wasn’t enough. They had to fill in on the lives of all the people they made contact with.”

-pg. 52 “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

“Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact then others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.

…He was letting me know that I was the biggest wave he’d ever come across. And I brought so much with me that my impressions would always be there, even when the tide rolled out.”
-pg. 214-215 “It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover

“‘The day you gave your father’s eulogy? I know you didn’t freeze up, Lily. You stood at the podium and refused to say a single good thing about that man. It is the proudest I have ever been of you. You were the only one in my life who ever stood up for me. You were strong when I was scared.'” A tear falls from her eye when she says, “‘Be that girl, Lily. Brave and bold.'”

-pg. 336 “It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest Book:

120 pages

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Longest Book: 

870 pages

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17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

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18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Elfrida and Oscar from 

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Ove and Sofia from 

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19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Francie and her father from 

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20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

This book was recommended to me by my sister who very unexpectedly and tragically passed away on November 3rd, 2016.  While I enjoyed the book, I think even if I didn’t enjoy it, A Man Called Ove would have still been my best recommended book of 2016 solely because it was recommended to me during my last conversation with my sister.

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22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

I don’t have fictional crushes.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

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24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

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27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Too tough to choose just one…

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28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

As a relatively new book blogger, I have enjoyed chatting about books and reading each and every book blog.  I can’t possibly choose a favorite!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

https://inmyreadingnook.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/review-a-man-called-ove-by-fredrik-backman/

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I have not posted any book discussions yet, but I hope to when my number of followers grows a little more.

My favorite non-review posts are Musing Mondays.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

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5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

My favorite moment of my bookish blogging life in 2016 was meeting and talking to some wonderful fellow book bloggers.  🙂

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My most challenging thing about blogging this year was just jumping into the book blogging world.  As a new blogger, taking the first steps of blogging and having the courage to put my thoughts out there was the most challenging.  Thankfully, the book blogging community has been so kind and welcoming.  I look forward to continuing to grow and learn about book blogging in 2017 as well as continuing to talk about books with many wondeful book bloggers!

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

https://inmyreadingnook.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/review-p-s-i-like-you-by-kasie-west/

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

https://inmyreadingnook.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/review-still-life-by-louise-penny/

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

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10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes, I completed the Goodreads Reading Challenge.  I set my goal at 40 books and I ended up reading 47 books this year.

I plan to set some more goals for 2017 and I will be blogging about my 2017 reading goals.  Keep an eye out for that post! 🙂

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to 2017 releases yet, but this one sounds like a fun, quick little read coming out in 2017…

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3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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This book has been compared to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  Yes Please!  Sign me up!  I can’t wait!!!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I am so behind on my series reads that I don’t have a series ending or sequel that I’m anticipating right now.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

One thing I hope to accomplish in my reading/blogging life in 2017 is to become a better blogger and continue to grow the blog.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I haven’t read any 2017 releases yet.

It was a lot of fun answering these questions and looking back on my 2017 reading and book blogging.  If you do this End of Year Survey, please post a link below so that I can read your answers.  I’d love to read all about your 2016 reading journey.

Hello world!

Hi! I’m Becky and I’ve been an avid reader most of my life. My love of reading and how much I read have both greatly increased in the last few years. I’m ready to take my passion for reading to a new place. The next thing I want to try is book blogging! 🙂 This blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them. From time to time, I will blog about other book related topics as well, such as meeting Judy Blume. I’m excited to see how this all goes. Currently I’m reading In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. I was blessed recently with the opportunity to meet Judy Blume at a talk and have my book signed. A blog post about meeting her is coming soon so stay tuned.

Thanks for visiting In My Reading Nook. I look forward to sharing my love of reading with all of you. Happy Reading!